NPA City Councillor Lisa Dominato calls for a review of the City’s existing governance policy framework
Vancouver, B.C., April 12, 2021 – NPA City Councillor Lisa Dominato is bringing forward a motion this week that would direct staff to review the City’s existing governance policy framework, including the City’s Board of Administration By-Law and other governance-management linkages. Dominato notes that the City’s current Board of Administration By-Law No. 4017, which defines the Board’s powers and duties, consists of one person bearing the title of City Manager and has not been updated since 1992.
If supported by Council, Dominato’s motion would provide direction to City staff to develop policy and procedures for the governance orientation and training of incoming Council members, particularly with respect to roles and responsibilities.
“Vancouver City Council is on the cusp of hiring a new City Manager and a successful governance-management relationship is critical to the organization’s success,” said Councillor Dominato. “Council has shown that it is committed to good governance in both word and action, so I’m hopeful that my Council colleagues will agree that this is an opportune time to review and refresh the relevant policy framework.”
In her motion, Dominato references “Leadership-Focused Governance” whereby the combined roles of governing and managing are seen as “a partnership between the Board [Council] and the Chief Executive” – with the Board focused on governing and the Chief Executive on management and operations (source: The Governance Group).
Dominato also cites several guiding documents that point to the importance of good governance in the public sector, including the Auditor General of British Columbia’s report entitled Public Sector Governance: A Guide to the Principles of Good Governance (2008), which identifies five underpinning principles of good governance; namely, accountability, leadership, integrity, stewardship, and transparency.
In addition to developing and refreshing the City’s policy and procedures framework, Dominato’s motion includes specific direction to include ongoing development of Council members throughout a Council term and not just to the initial onboarding process for new Council members following an election.
In order to avoid placing an undue burden on the City’s already overburdened staff, Dominato’s motion includes a generous timeline for staff to report back on the initiative sometime near the end of June next year.
A copy of Councillor Lisa Dominato’s motion can be found here on the City’s website.
Media please contact Lisa Dominato at 778-980-4422